Author: Wendy and Jen

How to Strengthen Decoding Skills with Instructional Scaffolds
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How to Strengthen Decoding Skills with Instructional Scaffolds

The first step in how to strengthen decoding skills is to connect phonemic awareness to print. In our previous post we discussed strengthening phonological awareness by incorporating targeted scaffolds (temporary assists). In that post, we focused on the oral aspect of phonemic awareness. However, it’s important to emphasize that research supports bridging the gap between…

How to Strengthen Phonological Awareness Using Instructional Scaffolds
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How to Strengthen Phonological Awareness Using Instructional Scaffolds

For many beginning and struggling readers who need to strengthen phonological awareness, instructional scaffolds are a necessity. In our previous post, we answered a lot of questions about instructional scaffolds. In this post, we delve more deeply into specific scaffolds used to strengthen phonological awareness. What is Phonological Awareness? Phonological Awareness is an auditory skill….

How Will I Know When It’s Time to Stop Using Decodable Texts?
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How Will I Know When It’s Time to Stop Using Decodable Texts?

We are often asked, “At what skill or mastery level should I stop using decodable texts?” The answer varies based on each student. Before we jump into the answer, there are some basic understandings that must be addressed as to WHY the use of decodable texts in beginning and struggling readers is non-negotiable. Six Basic…